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Skating Club
Skating Club
Lowly Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

February 14, 2000
"Skating Club is the music of knitting, bannister, sliding, cat petting, beckoning and heating up a canned soup in inclement weather." That is, according to the press sheet. But believe me when I say it is not that bad and, in fact, does not at all remind me of any of those things. Mainly because they are things that you do and not words to describe a fucking sound. I'm glad that I did not read this until now because that may have ruined my whole entire perception of the album for the entire listening.

The first rule of Skating Club is "songs are intimate, candid, conversational and earnest." That may be a better sentence for the person who wrote this press sheet to start out with. The second rule of Skating Club is "the themes consist of naive and difficult romance, high school life, and living on the water." Ok, I'm done being a prick about the way the press sheet was written and how the press sheet gives off a whole different feeling to the whole concept of this album.

Skating Club is an outlet for singer/songwriter Aubrey, who lives on a sailboat in Boston Harbor. Wow, it all comes together so smoothly! Maybe the description of this wasn't so bad after all. Aubrey writes the songs and there is a backup band four other musicians that join up with Aubrey and play throughout the majority of the album. The album was recorded by the band themselves in there own Boston Studio over the time span of two years.

The more you read this press sheet the more uninteresting facts you find. One of the listed selling points is "This music is shy." Wow, how incredibly disgusting. I'm throwing away [you'd better recycle it! - ed] this press sheet so I am not distracted by it and so that I can focus on the main point of the whole review process.

Ok, Skating Club is slow indie rock with vocals that are smooth and beautifully sung much like Belle and Sebastian and other such great indie rock outfits that have made it big in the past and present. I do not see much that is holding Mr. Audrey back from making a good name for himself, as long as the press sheet is rewritten by someone other than a poet. Go to for more information.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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